At The Story Elves, we are beginning a project: to look at stories in the realms of cognitive science and neuroscience (among others) to see how these stories might inform each other and the development of content for children.

about the BRAIN.


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    In order to change the circuitry of the brain, you have to feel safe.

    Dr. Patrick Carnes, Video Interview with Joe Polish, YouTube (33:30)

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    If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character.  If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home.  If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation.  If there is order in the nation, there will be peace on earth. 


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    …you cannot understand the neurobiology of being violent without understanding the neurobiology of being afraid, and being anxious… suggesting on a certain neurobiological level, in a world in which no neurons need be afraid, you’re not going to be generating a whole lot of aggression.

    Dr. Robert Sapolsky. "Limbic System." YouTube.

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    It’s hard to identify any major pattern of personal problems that don’t have some element of self-control failure in them.

    Dr. Roy Baumeister. "Willpower: Self-Control, Decision Fatigue, and Energy Depletion." YouTube.

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    Although many of us may think of ourselves as thinking creatures that feel, biologically we are feeling creatures that think.

    Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D. "My Stroke of Insight."

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    My best advice to any teenager is, whatever you’re good at when you’re young, that you want to do in your 20s, 40s and 80s, do it throughout your teenage years.

    Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D. "The Neuroanatomical Transformation of the Teenage Brain." YouTube.

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    However, once a monkey had developed a habit —once its brain anticipated the reward—the distractions held no allure.  The animal would sit there, watching the monitor and pressing the lever, over and over again, regardless of the offer of food or the opportunity to go outside. 

    Charles Duhigg. "The Power of Habit."

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    Introduction to a “Manual of the Sanities.”  …This handbook focuses on what is right about people and specifically about the strengths of character that make the good life possible.

    Christopher Peterson and Martin E. P. Seligman. "Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook And Classification."

Long, highly-illustrated, All-Ages story books

Like an animated film between the covers of a book: Audience = Everyone. Places a solid new stepping stone for families, between short picture books and long chapter books.

Story-based books about animals vs. the old, encyclopedic format

Incorporating conceptual science, promoting a shift from lone facts to a storytelling format. A “proof of concept” for textbooks.

Reinventing textbooks for human brains: feelers who think, not thinkers who feel

Sending familiar characters into the stories of acadeic subjects. Chemistry might best be taught by fairy tale witches., an elven academy of creativity

Open 24 hours workshop that provides fellowship, storytelling assistance and immediate help for Brain Freeze.

The Story Elves, an animated TV series

A world of characters that creates worlds of characters. What could be more entertaining?

Animated Films

Long, illustrated stories look a lot like storyboards for feature-length animated films.